We're first timers to Sri Lanka and I'm struggling to figure out what to see/what to miss. Sorry to ask for help so early in my research but better to know first off if the ideas are already too unrealistic -
Couple travelling with a 10 year old in tow, wanting to combine hill country and animals with 4-5 days beach at the end.
Does this sound sensible?:
Week 1- Kandy, Sigiriya, Ella or Nuwara Eliya and Yala
Week 2 - Beach on South coast 4-5 nights, Galle 1-2 nights
The things we really want to fit in:
Train ride from Colombo to Kandy, then train again to Ella (pref observation coach where possible)
Some wildlife - to keep 10 year old entertained
Decent beach with snorkelling - ie NOT busy tourist resort but also not too deserted/honeymooner hotel with nothing for kids to do. Is Unawatuna the best choice?
1 or 2 special hotels (the rest of the time we can rough it a bit) Does anyone have any hotels in the Hill country/villages that are a bit 'different' they would recommend?
Probably willing to get a driver for all bits except the trains I've specified if that's necessary time-wise.
Advice at this stage would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance,